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no room for a scsi

Posted on 2000-03-04
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How can I setup HP Scanjet 5p and HP 6630 pavilion if there is no space in pc for scsi card?
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There are two types of expansion cards.  The one that came with the 5P is ISA and it requires a long, black slot.  The other type is PCI and those slots are usually short and white.  (There is also AGP which is brown, but only holds video.)  I would be pretty certain that the 6630 has an available PCI slot.

There are several fine SCSI cards that are PCI.  Advansys has a special offer for ScanJet owners - see www.advansys.com.  You can also check other on-line shopping at www.pricewatch.com or www.mysimon.com.  And, or course you can get one at a local CompUSA, Staples, Best Buy, Office Depot or Max, etc.
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johlari,  since both of my products are Hewlet Packard doesn't HP have the replacement card that I need? Maybe take my old card for exchange? What is the difference between the ABP915 & ABP915T?  This is worth another 50 points to me.
You are right my 5p came with ISA scsi and my 6630 pavilion has space for PCI scsi.
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johlari,  since both of my products are Hewlet Packard doesn't HP have the replacement card that I need? Maybe take my old card for exchange? What is the difference between the ABP915 & ABP915T?  This is worth another 50 points to me.
You are right my 5p came with ISA scsi and my 6630 pavilion has space for PCI scsi.


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I am pretty sure that HP doesn't make a PCI SCSI controller.  The difference between the 915 and the 915T is that one (I'm sorry I can't remember which) has a 25-pin connector and the other a mini-50 high density connector.

I was looking at pricewatch.com today for something else and got curious.  There is a company offering an Adaptec 2940W (not Ultra) for $49 US.  That card has a mini-50 external and also an internal connector with a bootable bios.  It's an older model, but is very compatible and will work well for the scanner and any other device you want to connect.  Follow the links for I/O Controller Cards, then choose to review products by Adaptec and you'll get there pretty easy.
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why would a company (HP)sell tw o of thier own products that do not have, in either box, the components to connect them to one another?  It just doesn't seem fair to buy a new pc for about $700 U.S. and have a scanner that you paid $300+ U.S. and still have to spend another $100.00 plus just to set them up.  Do I have to use the scsi card or can I just connect the scanner to my HP printer port?
Thanks, Johlari.
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The 5P will not connect on the parallel port.  It is a SCSI peripheral.  The problem here is that the scanner is older, sold at a time when motherboards still had ISA slots and SIMM slots.  Now, of course, advances in technology have the SIMMs replaced by DIMMS, video went from ISA to PCI to AGP, and most all other cards are now PCI as well.  It all happens so fast.

I understand your comment about fairness.  In my other spare time I put together a small network for United Cerebral Palsy Technology Resource Center and I have had to replace more than I wanted to when upgrading a box to use as a server.  A $150 job ended up costing me ~$300 because of this same scenario.

The good news is that you have a solution for the 5P that does not involve replacing the scanner.
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